munch·​kin | \ ˈmənch-ˌkin How to pronounce munchkin (audio) \

Definition of munchkin

: a person who is notably small and often endearing

Examples of munchkin in a Sentence

“What's wrong, munchkin?” she asked the toddler.
Recent Examples on the Web One day, Eastman’s young daughter, Heather, a bob-haired munchkin, whirls aimlessly about the studio. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 The costume features a matching dark green tunic and velvet hat paired with black munchkin shoes. Natasha Dado,, 10 Nov. 2021 Of course the munchkin had to go with the wrong superhero and cinematic universe. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 This fluffy little munchkin is like most four-legged felines, except for one minor detail... Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 16 Feb. 2021 Just got the great news that all is well and all is healthy with this little munchkin. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2020 One week till my due date!💃🥰 Sending love from me, Daisy, Daddy the photographer, and the munchkin/watermelon in my belly! Anya Leon,, 18 Nov. 2019 Low and Steady Wins the Race This one might seem obvious, but items that can topple or pieces with sharp corners are a big no-no with a munchkin running around. Ariel Okin, Vogue, 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of munchkin

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for munchkin

the Munchkins, diminutive creatures in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

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The first known use of munchkin was in 1972

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20 Dec 2021

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“Munchkin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of munchkin

: a child or small person


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